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In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.
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Death Valley National Park
Plan a visit to the peaks, canyons, and valleys of the Mojave Desert. Explore salt pans in the lowest place in North America, singing sand dunes 700 feet high, and rare desert springs.

The Sliding Rocks of the Racetrack Playa
Learn how wind can push rocks the size of small appliances hundreds of feet across a desert playa.

Virtual Guidebook to Death Valley National Park
Take 360-degree virtual tours of dozens of Death Valley landscapes, from the Devils Cornfield to Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

Death Valley Geologic Time
Click on a section of the timeline to learn how the landscape of Death Valley evolved over millions of years through mountain building, earthquakes, and erosion.


Cronkhite, Daniel. Death Valley's Victims: A Descriptive Chronology 1849-1980. Sagebrush Press, 1981.

Darlington, David. The Mojave: A Portrait of the Definitive American Desert. Henry Holt and Company, 1996.

Lingenfelter, Richard. Death Valley and the Amargosa: A Land of Illusion. University of California Press, 1986.

Perkins, Edna Brush. The White Heart of the Mojave: An Adventure with the Outdoors of the Desert. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. [Originally published in 1922.]

Sharp, Robert, and Allen Glazner. Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley. Mountain Press, 1997.

NGS Resources

Howells, Robert Earle. "Weekend Getaways: The Big Thaw." National Geographic Adventure (March 2007), 30-31.

Melford, Michael (Photographer), and Warren, Lynne (Writer). "National Parks in Peril." National Geographic (October 2006), 68-87.

Tourtellot, Jonathan B. "Destination Scorecard: How Do 55 National Park Regions Rate?" National Geographic Traveler (July/August 2005), 80-92.

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks: Southwest. National Geographic Books, 2005.